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Know the reason why Shiva has Ganga on His Head, the Story of Ganga and Lord Shiva Click here to visit our frequently asked questions about HTML5 video. The Temple TOGETHER GANGA AND SHIVA ILLUSTRATE a primordial relationship prefigured in the Vedas and hinted at as early as the Indus civilization. Once even Mata Parvati was suspecting Shiv to be loving Ganga not her and The story comes from the Devi Bhagvatam Book 9 Chapter 6.
Lord Vishnu decided to put an end to his grief, the only way was the rebirth of Goddess Sati as Parvati, for that Shiva must leave the body of Sati. Lord Vishnu used his sudarshan chakkar for cutting the body of Sati. Body of sati was cut into 51 pieces.
Meanwhile a danav named Tarkasur who was booned to be killed by the sun of Lord Shiva decided to destroy it. The army of Taarkasur arrived there Himavat himself and his Daughter fought with them to protect the pindh. Ganga fought to protect her parents and the pindh, LordShiva arrived in the mid of the battelthe army of Danav fled after seeing Lord Shiva. Ganga asked Lord Shiva to marry herbut hiva told he can not think of any body except Sati.
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Gods went to Lord Brahma for the solution. Ganga took the pledge that she will return to earth only when Lord Shiva will call her. Ganga coming from havenGoddess Parvati and sage Bhagirath Ganga brought back to earth by Bhagirath King Sagar after defeating the demons, decided organize Ashwamedha Yagya to declare his supremacy. In this Yagya a horse is set free and where ever the horse go the earth is declared as the property of the king, who so ever stops the horse will have to face a battel with the king.
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With this glance, all sixty thousand were burnt to death. The souls of the sons of Sagara wandered as ghosts since their final rites had not been performed.
For the moksha of all the sons of Sagar, Anshuman nephew of those 60, sons started to pray Brahma to bring Ganga to the earth till the end of his life, but was not successful. Then his son Dilip did the same but did not succeed. When Bhagiratha Means, one who does great hard work - he got his name from his great hard work for bringing Ganga to earthone of the descendants of Sagara, son of Dilip, learnt of this fate, he vowed to bring Ganga down to Earth so that her waters could cleanse their souls and release them to heaven.
Bhagiratha prayed to Brahma that Ganga comes down to Earth.
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Brahma agreed and he ordered Ganga to go down to the Earth and then on to the nether regions so that the souls of Bhagiratha's ancestors would be able to go to heaven.
Ganga felt that this was insulting and decided to sweep the whole Earth away as she fell from the heavens. Alarmed, Bhagiratha prayed to Shiva that he break up Ganga's descent.
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Ganga arrogantly fell on Shiva's head. But Shiva calmly trapped her in his hair and let her out in small streams. The touch of Shiva further sanctified Ganga. As Ganga traveled to the nether-worlds, she created a different stream to remain on Earth to help purify unfortunate souls there. Because of Bhagiratha's efforts, Ganga descended to Earth and hence the river is also known as Bhagirathi and the term Bhagirath prayatna is used to describe valiant efforts or difficult achievements.
Another name that Ganga is known by is Jahnavi, Story has it that once Ganga came down to Earth, on her way to Bhagiratha, her rushing waters created turbulence and destroyed the fields and the sadhana of a sage called Jahnu.
He was angered by this and drank up all of Ganga's waters. Upon this, the Gods prayed to Jahnu to release Ganga so that she could proceed with her mission.
Pleased with their prayers, Jahnu released Ganga her waters from his ears. Hence the name Jahnavi daughter of Jahnu for Ganga. It is sometimes believed that the river will finally dry up at the end of Kali Yugathe last of the four stages the world goes through as part of the cycle of yugas the era of darkness, the current era just as with the Sarasvati river and this era will end.
Next in cyclic order will be the Satya Yuga or the era of Truth. Consort, shakti, and mother[ edit ] Ganga is a consort to all three major male deities of Hinduism.
While Lakshmi attempts to mediate the quarrel, Ganga and Sarasvati heap misfortune on each other. They curse each other to become rivers, and to carry within them, by washing, the sins of their human worshippers. Soon their husband, Vishnu, arrives and decides to calm the situation by separating the goddesses. He orders Sarasvati to become the wife of Brahma, Ganga to become the wife of Shiva, and Lakshmi, as the blameless conciliator, to remain as his own wife.
Ganga and Sarasvati, however, are so distraught at this dispensation, and wail so loudly, that Vishnu is forced to take back his words. Consequently, in their lives as rivers they are still thought to be with him. This Ganga, filled with the sweet wine of compassion, was sent out for the salvation of the world by Shiva, the Lord of the Lords. Good people should not think this Triple-Pathed River to be like the thousand other earthly rivers, filled with water.
It is also to be noted that Bhishma brought about his own downfall by abducting and disgracing a princess named Amba whose only wish was to be married.
Ganga is mentioned in the nadistuti Rigveda This verse could possibly refer to the Ganges.
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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. October Learn how and when to remove this template message According to the Hindu scriptures like Skanda Puranathe goddess Ganga is foster-mother to Kartikeya Subrahmanya, Muruganwho was actually a son of Shiva and Parvati.
Parvati is said to have created an image of Ganesha out of her bodily impurities which became endowed with life after immersion in the sacred waters of the Ganges. Therefore, Ganesha is said to have two mothers—Parvati and Ganga and hence is called Dvaimatura and also Gangeya the son of Ganga.
The Hindu epic, Mahabharatatells that the Vasuscursed by Vashishtahad requested Ganga to be their mother. Ganga incarnated and became the wife of King Shantanu on condition that at no stage shall he question her actions or she would leave him. As seven Vasus were born as their children, one after the other, Ganga drowned them in her own waters, freeing them from their punishment and the king made no opposition. Only when the eighth was born did the king finally oppose his wife, who therefore left him.
So the eighth son, Dyaus incarnated, remained alive, imprisoned in mortal form and later became known in his mortal incarnation as Bhishma Devavratawho is one of the most respected characters of Mahabharata. Ganga Jayanti[ edit ] On this day Ganga was reborn.